By Catherine Wagley
By Channing Sargent
By L.A. Weekly critics
By Amanda Lewis
By Catherine Wagley
By Carol Cheh
By Keegan Hamilton
By Bill Raden
GO NO CHILD ... Actress Nilaja Sun’s spirited one-woman show about her classroom experiences presents a roll call of frustrated characters who bring us face to face with a failed education system, while reawakening long-ago dreams of making a difference. The result is a story that never becomes predictable. (SM) Kirk Douglas Theatre, 9820 Washington Blvd., Culver City; Tues.-Sat., 8 p.m.; Sat., 2 p.m.; thru April 13. (213) 628-2772.
OTHELLO The Globe in Topanga, 1909 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd., Topanga; Fri.-Sat., 7:30 p.m.; Sun., 5 p.m.; thru April 27. (310) 455-9400, www.shakespeare-usa.com.
THE SMARTEST MAN IN THE WORLD Musical biography of Albert Einstein, book by Russ Alben and John Sparks, lyrics by Russ Alben, music by Jerry Alben. Pico Playhouse, 10508 W. Pico Blvd., W.L.A.; Thurs.-Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 2 p.m.; thru May 11. (323) 860-6620, www.westcoastjewishtheatre.org.
GO SPONTANEOUS FANTASIA With a title that proffers a less-than-subtle nod to another innovative work of animation, artist and composer J. Walt Adamczyk blends computer technology, visual imagery and music into a head-spinning good time. Armed with self-designed software, a computer touchpad, color controls and a joystick, Adamczyk sketches abstract images and shapes in real time that are projected on a domed planetarium ceiling as we just lie back and enjoy. (Martín Hernández) Glendale Community College Planetarium, 1500 N. Verdugo Rd., Glendale; runs biweekly Fri., 8 p.m.; Sat., 6:30 p.m.; thru June 28. (626) 688-0778, www.spontaneousfantasia.com.
WHAT’S THE STORY? FESTIVAL OF NEW SOLO PLAYS By 15 writer-performers from Stacie Chaiken’s workshop. Powerhouse Theatre, 3116 Second St., Santa Monica; Thurs.-Fri., 8 p.m.; Sat., 8:30 p.m.; Sat.-Sun., 6 p.m.; Sun., 3 p.m.; thru April 6. (310) 396-3680, www.whatsthestoryla.com.
THE CABARET: ROCK THE BOAT Nautical voyage with rock music, sketch comedy and urban dance numbers. Duke’s Riverboat, Rainbow Harbor, 200 Aquarium Way Dock, No. 4, Long Beach; opens April 3; Thurs.-Fri., 9 p.m.; Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 6 p.m.; thru April 13, www.brownpapertickets.com/event/30052.
EDWARD THE KING Reading of David Brendan Hopes’ play. First Stage Theatre, 6817 Franklin Ave., Hlywd.; Mon., March 31, 7 p.m. (323) 850-6271.
AN EVENING OF LEGENDARY BINGO Fund-raiser for Media City Ballet Company, hosted by Lainie Kazan and Bruce Vilanch. Hamburger Mary’s, 8288 Santa Monica Blvd., Hlywd.; Wed., April 2, 9-11 p.m. (310) 654-3800.
HOLLYWOOD ARTS COUNCIL’S 30TH ANNIVERSARY BLACK-TIE GALA AND 22ND ANNUAL CHARLIE AWARDS Hosted by Mitzi Gaynor. $175. The Jim Henson Company Lot, 1416 N. La Brea Ave., Hlywd., Sat., March 29, 6:30 p.m. (323) 871-2787, www.hollywoodartscouncil.org.
LOS ANGELES WOMEN’S THEATRE FESTIVAL Solo performances by women, organized by theme. Fri.: “Politically Speaking”; Sat.: “Identity”/”En Route”; Sun.: “Shades of Love”/”Uncut.” El Portal Theatre, 5269 Lankershim Blvd., N. Hlywd.; Fri.-Sat., March 28-29, 2 & 8 p.m.; Sun., March 30, 2 & 7 p.m. (866) 811-4111.
MOMS WHO WRITE Benefit performance of Cheerios in My Underwear (And Other True Tales of Motherhood) by Amy Simon. SANTA MONICA PLAYHOUSE, 1211 Fourth St., Santa Monica; Sun., March 30, 3:30 p.m. (310) 394-9779.
MYSTERIES EN BROCHETTE The beachside hotel dishes out dinner and mystery delights in its Saturday shows with four different performances that alternate., $75, includes dinner. Marina Del Rey Hotel, 13534 Bali Way, Marina Del Rey; Sat., 7 p.m. (310) 301-1000.
THE RUDY CASONI VARIETY SHOW Toby Huss sings and swings. STEVE ALLEN THEATER, at the Center for Inquiry-West, 4773 Hollywood Blvd., Hlywd.; first Wednesday of every month, 8 p.m.; thru May 7. (323) 666-4268.
TALES OF SEX AND DEATH Readings by Tess Harper, Rae Dawn Chong, Christopher McDonald, others. ($40, includes brunch.) CANAL CLUB, 2025 Pacific Ave., Venice; Sun., March 30. (310) 915-5150, www.wordtheatre.com.
THRANCE CABARET Presented by the Outlaw Style Thrance Company. M BAR, 1253 N. Vine St., Hlywd.; Sun., March 30, 8 p.m. (323) 856-0036.